The number of people reporting financially-motivated cyber enabled blackmails more than doubled from 385 in 2015 to 864 up to November 2016, police said. Four young men in the UK have killed themselves in the last year after being blackmailed by one of the cyber gangs.
The National Crime Agency said the victims are aged between 14 and 82, with the highest proportion being men aged between 21 and 30, and with a substantial proportion in the 11-20 age group.
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POLICE warned last year Brits are being targeted by organised gangs tricking people into stripping off or performing sex acts online and using the footage as blackmail.
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It also added that the groups identified were working out of Morocco, the Philippines and the Ivory Coast.
Last year more than 40 arrests were made in the Philippines, and there is one ongoing international prosecution connected to one of the suicides reported this year.
The term "sextortion" was a term coined by the National Police Chiefs' Council, which has been investigating the growing crime.
The NPCC said gangs were making millions from the scam, with thousands of victims too afraid to come forward.